Lagos – Merck, the international
pharmaceuticals company, said setting a base in Nigeria had put in good stead
to expand to grow its market share in the West African region.
The company, which is also a science and technology
company, announced the opening of Nigeria office on Wednesday.
“Nigeria is an evident choice for us. With a population
that is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ideas, this is a
perfect match with Merck,“ said Stefan Oschmann, Chief Executive Officer-elect.
“Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, has one of the
fastest growing economies in the world," said Oschmann.
The company believes through its high quality and
innovative healthcare andlife science speciality products and services, it
could contribute to that growth.
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Besides a presence through its products, the company has
been working closely with the Nigerian government and international
organizations to increase access to health solutions in Nigeria.
Together with the Federal Ministry of Health, Merck
recently organised a panel discussion that focussed on the role the private
sector could play in helping countries like Nigeria accelerate progress on
Universal Health Coverage.
It also took a closer look at the challenges of scaling
up and sustaining public-private partnerships and private-private partnerships
that seek to improve access to affordable and quality care.
Furthermore, as part of its commitment to
improving access to healthcare in developing countries, the company is
supporting the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the fight against
schistosomiasis in Africa.
- CAJ News